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Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) - Lyric Hammersmith

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

KNEEHIGH are returning to the Lyric Hammersmith with their trail-blazing and much celebrated theatrical tour-de-force Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs).

Written by Carl Grose and with music by Charles Hazlewood, it runs from May 21 to June 15, 2019.

This is now, this is it
The world is poor and man’s a shit
The game is rigged, nothing’s truer
Death’s a joke and life a sewer!

Mayor Goodman has been assassinated. Contract killer Macheath has just married Pretty Polly Peachum and Mr and Mrs Peachum aren’t happy. Not one bit.

Based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, which ran for 1,463 performances at the Lyric in 1920, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) is bursting with wit, wonder and weirdness, with Kneehigh’s extraordinary cast of actor musicians shooting, hooting and shimmying their way through what is described as a twisted morality tale of our times.

Mike Shepherd directs.

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) is suitable for ages 14+.

Also part of the Lyric’s Spring 2019 Season and the final productions programmed by outgoing Artistic Director Sean Holmes: the world premiere of Leave to Remain (January 18 to February 16); The Animals and Children Took to the Streets (February 19 to March 16); and the return of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s Ghost Stories (March 29 to May 11).